BY AGNES NWORIE, ABAKALIKi
A Police officer of the Ebonyi State Command has lost his life while two others were grievously injured by hoodlums.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Superintendent of Police, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, in a press statement made available to journalists in Abakaliki, the disaster occurred during a gun duel with heavily armed hoodlums on Monday, May 22, 2023 at Union Bank roundabout axis of Abakaliki, the state capital.
Onovwakpoyeya noted that irrespective of the injuries inflicted on the hoodlums, they ran away with bullet wounds and enjoined the general public to alert the police of anybody with bullet wounds.
“On the 22/05/2023 at about 2030hrs, the operatives of the Command on stop and search duty at Union Bank roundabout, the area where banks are concentrated in the state capital, engaged in a shootout with heavily armed hoodlums, whose mission was unknown in the area.
“Sadly, one of the operatives paid the supreme price, while two others were injured and are receiving treatments in the hospital. Also, the hoodlums equally recorded casualties but were taken away.
“The Commissioner of Police, therefore appeals to members of the public to report anyone seen with bullet wounds or soliciting for treatment for the same.
“Conclusively, the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Police Command, Faleye S. Olayele, enjoins members of the public to remain calm, as measures have been put in place to protect lives and property of the citizens and that the Command will not rest on its oars until the perpetrators are hound down.”